The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track Associate Professor of Biology with expertise in Molecular Microbiology or Virology beginning fall 2021. We seek candidates with expertise conducting interdisciplinary research in molecular microbiology, specializing in viruses and eukaryotic microbes. The successful applicant will be expected to pursue external funding and actively publish in their area of expertise. Preference will be given to candidates whose work can be successfully conducted at a primarily undergraduate institution at the BSL1/BSL2 level. The candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates and graduate students from a new Master's program. The candidate will also be a dedicated teacher who will offer lecture and laboratory instruction in microbiology, virology, and related areas at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, teaching introductory biology courses at the 1000 and 2000 level will be expected. The department seeks excellence in instruction, research, and service. The typical teaching load for active researchers is a 3/3. Summer teaching assignments may be available, but are not guaranteed.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) has approximately 6,700 students enrolled in undergraduate programs and select graduate programs. Previously an upper division-only institution, it transformed rapidly into a comprehensive 4-year urban university with the first cohort of freshmen and sophomores admitted in Fall 2016. Part of the statewide Texas A&M University System, the University is a Hispanic Serving Institution and a women student majority institution. As such, the successful candidate must be willing to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment and be familiar with the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation, culturally diverse student body.
A&M-SA faculty and staff are working to implement data driven and proven practices in teaching and learning, including experiential learning, which lead to student persistence and college completion. It seeks faculty who are committed to this vision and are willing to innovate and experiment. A&M-SA is committed to diversity among faculty and inclusive excellence. This commitment is based on the belief that a diverse faculty enhances the breadth, depth and quality of our students' educational experiences by providing a variety of role models and mentors for our diverse student population, which helps us to attract, retain, and graduate such students more successfully.
Teach the equivalent of 18 course credits per academic year (3/3 teaching load) in courses such as Molecular Biology, Microbiology and VirologyÂ
Teach biology courses at undergraduate through graduate levels
Help equip and manage a new research laboratory
Develop research at A&M-SA that results in data collection, analysis, and manuscripts for publication
Pursue external sources of funding
Service and committee work at the program, department, college, university, community, and profession levels
Ph.D. from an accredited university in Biology, Microbiology, Virology, or related field
Tenured (or tenure-eligible) at previous institution
Experience serving as an instructor of record at the college/university level
The ability to perform service and committee work at the program, department, college, university, community, and professional levels
The ability to mentor undergraduate and masterâ™s students in research
Demonstrated experience with contemporary instructional technologies, distance learning platforms, and video conferencing tools
Evidence of mentoring undergraduate and or graduate students in biology-related research
Awareness and understanding of the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation, diverse student body
Experience with high-impact educational practices such as writing intensive courses, service or experiential learning, and undergraduate research
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
Strong self-discipline and ability to work independently
Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
Ability to interact with students from diverse backgrounds
Application Process: Applicants must complete the application/faculty form as well as upload a letter of interest and their curriculum vitae on our employment system: https://tamus.wdl.myworkdayjobs.com/TAMUSA External
Please make sure to provide the following documents:
A Curriculum vitae (CV)
A cover letter
Overview of research experiences and current research agenda (2 pages or less)
Overview of teaching experiences and teaching philosophy (2 pages or less)
Contact information for three references that will provide letters of recommendation, if requested.
Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting an application. Once the application process is submitted, no changes or revisions may be made.
Only applicants who are invited for an interview will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation to the Search Committee Chair. The letters of recommendations should be written on letterhead, be less than one year old, and must bear the writer's actual signature. The letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically as a PDF attachment with the subject heading "Biology Program-Letter of Recommendation" to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Rodolfo Valdez-Barillas at Jose.ValdezBarillas@tamusa.edu
Review of applications will begin one month after posting, and will continue until the position is filled.
If selected for the position, prior to issuing a letter of appointment, the official transcripts must be received directly from each degree-granting institution. We cannot accept transcripts issued directly to the candidate. If transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective candidate to have the transcript translated, evaluated and notarized.
Hard Copies of Official transcripts should be sent to the address listed below:
Associate Professor of Biology-Animal Physiology Position c/o Cynthia Alejos (e-mail: Cynthia.Alejos@tamusa.edu) Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Department of Life Sciences One University Way San Antonio, Texas 78224
Verified Electronic Copies of Official transcript should be sent to:
Internal Number: R-033828
About Texas A&M University - San Antonio
Texas A&M-San Antonio provides affordable higher education opportunities to students from over 30 counties in the surrounding South Texas region, and has graduated over 5,000 students who are career-ready in a variety of in-demand fields such as education, business, information technology and cyber security, criminology and biology.